Virtuoso Music Academy Concert! Parents, come learn about the new OTA Enrich! After School music program

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Friday, January 26th at 4 PM in the 7th Grade Room, musicians and instructors from the Virtuoso Music Academy and the San Diego Symphony will present a 30 minute concert and presentation for parents interested in signing up for After School Strings Instruction.

Classes will start the second week of the quarter, meeting Monday and/or Friday (exact schedule TBD). Students will be accepted in Violin, Viola, and Cello (See What Instrument Do You Want to Play?), Grades K-8 welcome. OTA Orchestra with Mr. John Nettles will continue Tu & Th, with the VMA Teachers focusing on technique and on teaching students how to practice.

Why Study Music? Is Music the Key to Success?

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Learn from the best!
Based on our decade of classical music education experience, we can’t wait to bring the best music education to the students in San Diego and surroundings. We will also bring the most renowned artists from the stage to our classroom; and vice versa, we will bring our best students from the classroom to the International music stages!

OTA B-Basketball vs High Tech Middle • The Week at OTA (Slideshow)

OTA v High Tech Middle

Great game today at Presidio Recreation Center for the 7th-8th Grade Boys. Tomorrow they play Rock Academy (also at Presidio at 4:30).

Thanks to OTA Athletic Director Rich Curry for setting up a brand new basketball league and Coach Dan for coaching. Thank you High Tech Middle School for the competition.

The Week at OTA: Basketball, Tijuana Estuary, Mindstorms Robotics, Officer Tim


Friday After-School Yoga Program • Namaste Today

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The mission of Namaste Today is to provide a safe space for children in San Diego schools in which they are able to breathe, bend, balance, and become focused.

  • Who: This program is available to all Old Town Academy students. All levels are welcome.
  • Instructor: Emily Brehmer (Certified Children’s Yoga Instructor/Credentialed Teacher/Avid Downward-Dogger)
  • Where: Namaste Mondays are located on the kindergarten patio.
  • When:  January 30th – March 27th // Fridays // 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

What is the Cost of this wonderful program and how do I sign my kiddos up for the next quarter?

The Namaste Today After-School Program runs every Friday at Old Town Academy from 3:30 p.m. to 5:0 p.m. The cost is $15.00 per session.

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Here’s what parents are saying about Namaste Today classes… Continue reading

OTA ENRICH! After School Chess • Wed, Friday 3:30-4:30 • Why Join the Chess Club?

*Click to print pdf: OTA Chess Flyer Winter 2015
OTA Chess Flyer Winter 2015

Chess Club Teacher Mr. Dustin gave a demonstration last quarter (with the help of some Larry Evans Chess Club alumni) and OTA students were captivated. 78 Students signed the Chess Club interest list!

Why Study Chess? Patience, Planning, Problem-Solving, Puzzling, Perseverance… Chess teaches self-control & humility, grace under pressure, & it makes children smarter.*

Larry Evans Chess Camp is taught by master instructors, using very effective tools and motivation techniques. OTA students loved it during our first year but schedule changes brought it down to once a week last year. Once a week isn’t enough to learn anything! So, we’re back to two days a week of Chess.

  • Students may sign up throughout the quarter–contact the Chess Camp for pro-rated discount. Sign-up Online Now! (Choose Old Town from the dropdown menu: Chess Club will be offered Wednesday and Friday after school.)
  • Get Inspired, watch the film Brooklyn Castle about America’s best chess team!

STUDIES (see more studies at Quad City Chess Club) Continue reading

3rd Annual OTA Family Night at the Globetrotters • February 13 (Sign up by Jan 31)

Please join us in our 3rd Annual Familly Night at the Globetrotters game! 
  • What: Harlem Globetrotters vs. Washington Generals
  • When: February 13th @ 7pm.
  • Where: Valley View Casino Center (Sports Arena)
  • Deadline is January 31st so don’t wait!
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The kids get to participate in the Court of Dreams!! Let your player live their dream and play on the Valley View Casino Center court before the Globetrotters begin their game. Arrive at 5:30 for the Court of Dreams. Tickets are $13
To get tickets, turn in an envelope with your name, #of tickets and a check to Athletic Initiative, contact April Curry: April or order online!
April Curry
President, Athletic Initiative, Inc.

The 2015 Wine & Dine Is Coming! Help us tell the story on Facebook & Instagram

Wine & Dine Under the Tent - April 26,2014

Old Town Academy Wine and Dine is all about building our community. We will share our gala stories that shape our event and we want you to do the same. That’s why Facebook and Instagram will be a big part of the event in 2015. You’ll be our photographers, and we’ll share our posts on both sites and also on the big screen at the event.  ⇒⇒ What is the Wine & Dine? ♥♥♥  Click here to learn more

2013 Wine & Dine Entrance 1Thank you! —Sandra Gartland, Monika Hanft and Meredith Lurie
To help us build community and tell our story, get ready now!  Here’s how:

  • Go to
  • Click on the Instagram or Facebook icons.


For Facebook:

  • Search: OldTownAcademyWineandDine
  • Like our page and you are in the loop. Post pics and follow along.

For Instagram:

  • Follow: otagala
  • Use: #otagala

New to Instagram? It’s easy! (and we included a little graphic, below) Continue reading

OTA Calendar Notes: Jan 16, 2014 — Monday is Martin Luther King Day (School Holiday)

  • Sunday, Jan 18, is OTA Open Basketball (2:00-4:00 PM at Presidio Gym) for 3rd-8th grade students, alumni, siblings, moms, dads, grandparents.
  • Monday, Jan 19, is Martin Luther King Day and a school holiday.
    • Visit the King Center to learn more about the life of Martin Luther King
    • Watch a video from the NBA in honor of MLK Day and his I Have a Dream speech: “Barrier Breakers”

  • Friday, Jan 23 is the Last Day of the Quarter and a Half-Day (Dismissal at 12, After-School Classes Meet)
  • Friday, Feb 6 is the next OTA Parent Foundation Morning Coffee (8:30 in the downstairs gym/lunchroom). Hosted by the OTA Parent Foundation President Kuan Collins and OTA Administrators, this is a time to ask questions, meet other OTA Parents, and learn about volunteering opportunities for Q3 & Q4: We’re looking for DuoLingo Foreign Language Club Mentors (Spanish, German, Italian, French, and Portuguese), Piano Lab Coaches, Robotics Lab Coaches, Math Lab Coaches, Athletic Coaches (Basketball, Baseball, Soccer), and more!

*** View the OTA Calendar here ***

Reminder: Instruction begins promptly at 8:10. Please arrive early so your child gets the best hours of the day

Dear Parents, we have noticed an increase in tardy children whose late arrival is disrupting ten after 8 o clock-gray bkgrndclassroom instruction…

  • Old Town Academy students start every day with Mathematics: missing even 10 minutes a day adds up to 30 hours of missed math instruction over the course of our 185-day school year!

Please help your child and other OTA students do their best by arriving on time.

Thanks for your cooperation!

Mrs. Kamanski

Happy New Year from OTA! An Astronauts Guide to Optimism • “It all starts with a resolution, what’s yours?”

“Our world is not as bad a place as we often feel it to be. It is easy to look to the future and lament on how far there is left to go, but sometimes it is helpful to stop and reflect on just how far we’ve come.

This New Years, my resolution is to help make our world a better place. What’s yours?”

“Remember, nobody changes the world on their own” —Astronaut Chris Hadfield

Thank You ResMed, for Supporting the Music-Math Lab!

ResMed, a local medical company specializing in sleep apnea and respiratory care solutions, is a generous supporter of San Diego Education non-profits that work with children. At an Awards Luncheon yesterday ResMed presented OTA with a grant to support our Kiwanis Club of San Diego (Serving the World’s Children) Music-Math Learning Acceleration Lab
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What is ST (Spatial Temporal) Math?

Why ST Math?

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Why Music at OTA?

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OTA Jog-a-Thon Surprise Dedication: ALICIA & TONY GWYNN FIELD!

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* * *  Channel 10 News Coverage  * * *

Tony & Alicia Gwynn Field*


Reminder: OTA Basketball Today 2:00-4:00 • Sundays: Jan 25, Feb 8, Feb 15 (gym is closed Feb 1: Superbowl)

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Every Sunday until March (end of basketball season), the Presidio Gym will be reserved for OTA Students & Siblings (3rd Grade & older*), Alumni, Parents & Grandparents from 2-4 PM * This is not basketball practice, but free play time, though the Presidio counselors and OTA Coaches will help organize games and shooting competitions.
*Students in K-2 may attend only if a parent stays with them (in general we don’t recommend it as the baskets are too high and most children in K-2 are too small to play with the older children; but you know your child best).

  • Presidio Gym: 2811 Jackson Street, San Diego, CA 92110 – (619) 692-4918

The more parents who stay and play the better; but you may also drop off your 3rd-8th grade child/ren any time after 2 and pick them up at 4 PM. Please remember the gym will close at 4 PM and they will not be able to wait inside.

San Diego Symphony Kinder Koncert • Pre-School to 2nd Grade • Saturday January 24 in Old Town!

The San Diego Symphony has been a great supporter of OTA Music (with OTA Parent Jian Chan helping to arrange on-campus concerts, classroom visits from musicians, and tickets to symphonies). Now they are offering a free introduction to classical music for younger children right here in Old Town (Park at OTA and walk!).

San Diego Symphony Kinder Koncert